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Locating a Buddhist temple in Wollongong New South Wales

Chapter


Abstract


  • The aim of this chapter is to examine why the largest Buddhist temple in the

    southern hemisphere (Nan Tien Temple- Paradise of the Southern Hemisphere) is

    located in Wollongong, New South Wales, a city built on a heavy industry legacy

    of coalmining and steelmaking. The choice of Wollongong may, therefore, seem

    quite remarkable at first, a decision which becomes even more astonishing when

    considering the small numbers that comprised the resident Buddhist community.

    Similarly, the site, in the suburb of Berkeley, appears equally puzzling given

    its proximity to a freeway, industrial estates and residential suburbs. An explanation

    for this location puzzle is sought within the discourses of the aldermen of

    Wollongong City Council, the Christian ministries and the Fo Kuang Shan. To help

    explore the location of Nan Tien Temple in the Wollongong suburb of Berkeley,

    data were collected from a range of sources through participatory observation,

    interviews with key informants and the collection of texts offering representations

    of the temple including: newspaper articles, the International Buddhist

    Association's newsletters and Wollongong City Council documents. Discourses

    identified as most critical to informing the decision to locate the temple in Berkeley

    were those pertaining to geomancy, multiculturalism, faith and tourism marketing.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Waitt, G. R. (2010). Locating a Buddhist temple in Wollongong New South Wales. In C. Rocha & M. Barker (Eds.), Buddhism in Australia (pp. 74-85). United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/3898

Book Title


  • Buddhism in Australia

Start Page


  • 74

End Page


  • 85

Abstract


  • The aim of this chapter is to examine why the largest Buddhist temple in the

    southern hemisphere (Nan Tien Temple- Paradise of the Southern Hemisphere) is

    located in Wollongong, New South Wales, a city built on a heavy industry legacy

    of coalmining and steelmaking. The choice of Wollongong may, therefore, seem

    quite remarkable at first, a decision which becomes even more astonishing when

    considering the small numbers that comprised the resident Buddhist community.

    Similarly, the site, in the suburb of Berkeley, appears equally puzzling given

    its proximity to a freeway, industrial estates and residential suburbs. An explanation

    for this location puzzle is sought within the discourses of the aldermen of

    Wollongong City Council, the Christian ministries and the Fo Kuang Shan. To help

    explore the location of Nan Tien Temple in the Wollongong suburb of Berkeley,

    data were collected from a range of sources through participatory observation,

    interviews with key informants and the collection of texts offering representations

    of the temple including: newspaper articles, the International Buddhist

    Association's newsletters and Wollongong City Council documents. Discourses

    identified as most critical to informing the decision to locate the temple in Berkeley

    were those pertaining to geomancy, multiculturalism, faith and tourism marketing.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Waitt, G. R. (2010). Locating a Buddhist temple in Wollongong New South Wales. In C. Rocha & M. Barker (Eds.), Buddhism in Australia (pp. 74-85). United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/3898

Book Title


  • Buddhism in Australia

Start Page


  • 74

End Page


  • 85